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OS X Will 'Never' Go Public?

Lora Bentley

Triston McIntyre's weekend post on Mac.Blorge.com caught my eye this afternoon simply because the title contains such an absolute. "Apple Will Never Take OS X Public," it proclaims. He then provides three seemingly straightforward reasons for such an opinion:

 

  1. Steve Jobs doesn't want his product to lose the "singularity" that has set it apart since its inception.
  2. If OS X is released to the public, then Mac computers will "go kaput," in McIntyre's words. There will be no need for the trendy hardware if the operating system is available on any low-cost box.
  3. A public OS X would be nothing more than another Linux -- not open source or free, he says, but always in Windows' shadow and unable to gain a comparable following.

     

    All of his points seem valid -- I'm certainly in no position to predict what will or won't happen in Cupertino. It's not the argument that concerns me. (I do know some Linux supporters who would beg to differ that the open source OS is still in Windows' shadow, but that's not the point, either.) What gives me pause is his use of "never."

     

    Experience has taught me to be incredibly stingy with qualifiers like "never" or "always." More often than not, using them means you'll end up eating your words. Sure, based on history, Apple shouldn't take OS X public, but circumstances change -- and changed circumstances often result in new and different decisions.


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